Volleyball lifting information and advice by top players, coaches and personal trainers to help improve your volleyball game and physique. This includes information lifting using weights, kettle bells, bands, ladders, and TRX.
This series of 14 videos features a Multi-Directional Workout filmed at Velocity Newport Mesa with Sports Performance Coach Chase Cameron. This is the third of 3 workouts filmed at Velocity Sports Performance. The other workouts were a Linear Training Day and a Jump / Landing Day.
In this article I will review what I have learned working with some of the best volleyball trainers in the world. As I mentioned last week I turn 40 in month and a half and I am in the best shape I have been in 10 years.
So I turn 40 in a few months and I can honestly say I am in the best shape I have been in 10 years and playing some of my best beach volleyball ever. This is no accident but rather the result of hard work, research and finding experts in the fields of volleyball training, nutrition and injury prevention. Today I am going to share how you can do this yourself or help your player accomplish their own similar goals!
The half-kneeling rotational cross-body lift exercise is a great FMS corrective exercise that works on core & hip stability and left-to-right symmetry.
In volleyball rotational stability is critical for many of the volleyball skills. By going into the half-kneeling position we’re taking the legs out of the equation and putting a lot more work into the hips and trunk (Core).
This is an upper body chop PNF pattern that helps develop trunk and lower body stability, upper body strength and rotary mobility executed from a half kneeling stance. In volleyball rotational stability is critical for many of the volleyball skills like spiking yet too few athletes really put attention into this important element of volleyball training and the result is often volleyball injuries.
This exercise is designed to both assess right and left contribution of the hip hinge under an asymmetrical load and increase single leg contralateral deadlift strength. The exercise is unique in that it allows you to fully appreciate the beauty of learning how to stabilize on one leg, while training each side of your body without favoring or over-compensating.
The Half-Kneeling Core Activation Exercise is great warm up, cool down or even core exercise to add to any volleyball training workout to help build your core and make sure it fires correctly.
This video features Andor Gyulai and Eric Ilgenfritz discussing Andor’s test results from the functional movement screen. This video is extremely insightful and will offer incredible insights into the new science of volleyball training and injury prevention.
Core exercises are critical to increasing performance and avoiding injuries when playing volleyball. Chopping exercises improve core rotation strength which is critical to more effectively transfer force between your upper and lower body, and ultimately spike harder, jump higher and move faster. Building core rotational strength in the critical core muscles stabilizes your spine, allowing you to be more balanced as you move on the court.
In this video Volleyball1on1 Owner Andor Gyulai is given his results from a Functional Movement Screen (FMS) performed by Eric Ilgenfritz. The Functional Movement Screen is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function.
The Functional Movement Screen: “Put simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. In this video Eric takes Andor Gyulai through the screen and reveals some major movement functional limitations and asymmetries. These problems if untreated will cause volleyball injuries and strength gain limitations.
As science of volleyball training has improved so has the focus on core training and spinal stability. Talking to many top players and volleyball strength and conditioning coaches around the world I hear much as 25% of their volleyball training/ workout is focused on the core. With this is mind we wanted to give you a quick TRX Core Blasting workout by Dave Carstenson. (USA Juniors Beach Volleyball Coach and Certified TRX Trainer)
So I have been training and playing hard now for months in South Africa with little to no shoulder pain. I attribute this to some minor changes I made in my arm swing as well as this great exercise I picked up from the volleyball trainers at Velocity Fitness. Y-T-W is a great volleyball shoulder exercise for posterior activation and scapular stabilizing.
Reid’s Workouts is producing some of the most physical and dynamic volleyball players. In this four part video series you will get access to a full workout that Reid Hall took a small group of 16 and 17 year old female volleyball players through. The four part series will cover the following:
Hang Cleans is one of the best exercises to help increase your vertical for volleyball. This entire series of 4 videos is free in order to give you a taste of Reid Hall expertise as a strength and conditioning coach as well as introduce you to our new 1 on 1 volleyball training / workout / lifting and nutrition program. For more details, see the information below no this exciting new program.
This is video 4 of a 4 part video series on exercises for spiking. The exercise is: Explosive cable chops. This is another great trunk / core exercise for generating power when spiking a volleyball. In the video Reid talks about discussed when the exercise should be incorporated into your workout, how many sets and how many reps.
This is video 3 of a 4 part video series on exercises for spiking. This video features the med ball chop, a powerful exercise for generating speed and power through your core, trunk and abs when spiking. Like other video filmed with Reid this video will also help with mobility and flexibility to help generate more power.
This is video 2 of a 4 part video series on exercises for spiking. These exercises focus specifically on generating power using your trunk, hips, core and abs. The exercises focus on rotation and opening up the hips verses just using your shoulder. The result is players will see decrease in injuries plus spike a volleyball significant harder.
This is video 1 of a 4 part video series on exercises for spiking and hitting a volleyball harder, specifically using your trunk for generating power. These exercise will also help increase mobility / flexibility so that you can open up more to increase the power you generate.
This series of 16 videos features a Jump / Landing Workout filmed at Velocity Newport Mesa with Sports Performance Coach Chase Cameron. Chase and the rest of the Velocity team train allot of top volleyball players including Pro AVP players like Ed Ratledge. This is the second of three workouts we filmed at Velocity Sports Performance.
This video features another great core full body workout exercise for volleyball. This exercise namely landmine press works both the core and upper body to help athletes and trainers maximize the use of time while in the gym.
This video contains two of our favorite exercises for volleyball, RDL’s (Romanian Dead lift) and anti rotation core stability training. What we like about RDL is that it is one of the best exercises to build hamstrings, one of the most critical muscles for jumping and volleyball. As for the core anti rotation stability exercise, we love this exercise as what we hear from many of our top athletes is that this is one of the most important factors for injury prevention when spiking.
This video contains two exercises, the hang power snatch and an ankle mobility exercise. This video is over 15 minutes long and as such will be a little slower to download. This video gets extremely detailed on teaching a hang power snatch to athletes and uses progressive steps to have success.
In this video, Velocity Sports Performance Coach – Chase Cameron explains our goals for the next portion of the workout, the strength and power portion. This video will give you not only an insight into how this workout is designed but also how Velocity designs their weekly workout plan which generally consist of 3 workouts a week. A linear day, a jump / landing day and a multi-directional day.
The pogo volleyball exercise drill is a great drill that accomplishes multiple task including, warming up athletes, increasing linear and multi-directional speed, and improving athletes vertical jump.
This video contains the Glut Med Activation exercises used by the athletes to get ready for workout 3. These exercises should be used before workouts as well as physical training / playing. Top players like Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser do glut med activation exercises before practice.
This is the 2nd series of exercises from the strength and power portion of workout 2. Again 2 exercises are done at the same time switching back and fourth during rest. Also try not to laugh to hard when you see Andor in his 3rd set of pull up’s really really struggle! 🙂
The next portion of workout 2 is the strength and power portion of the workout. Each day and all of Velocity’s workouts have a strength and power component to the workout. Usually this is some form of lifting often including a Olympics style lifting exercises. Today’s exercises include a back squat alternating with a 3 point row.
This video contains a number of volleyball specific exercises including kettlebell swings, gobler squats, RDL stretches and TRX – Y, T, W, Rows. These exercises will help your players jump higher and avoid volleyball injuries. The TRX exercises are exceptional for shoulder posterior activation and the RDL stretch is great for hip mobility and more.
In this video Andor and velocity sports performance coach Chase Cameron discuss an important jumping technique used by top beach volleyball players to jump higher. This idea was originally introduced up by volleyball1on1 instructor Ed Ratledge.
This is video 2 for thermogenic warm ups from Velocity Workout 2 – Jump / Landing Day. This video includes more jump rope as well as the exercises shallow squat knee hug, leg cradle and dynamic quad stretch. It’s important to watch both video 1 and video 2 to see the sequence of exercise regarding thermogenic warm up’s.
Velocity Workout 2 is a Jump / Landing day which means it is very important to warm up successfully. This video contains a thermogenic warm up that all volleyball trainers will love. Exercises include; Jump rope, lunge and reach, and reverse lunge twist.